Party time for Tal

Excitement was visible on Talukan the orangutan’s face when he tore away wrapping paper and discovered toys such as a basketball and fruits including a pineapple. Tal’s 33rd birthday was celebrated Sunday, June 2 in Wahpeton.

Talukan the orangutan, known throughout the Twin Towns Area, celebrated his 33rd birthday Sunday, June 2 at Chahinkapa Zoo, Wahpeton.

Guests of all ages delighted as Tal opened presents and played with the decorations in his enclosure. Excitement was visible on the Great Ape’s face when he tore away wrapping paper and discovered toys such as a basketball and fruits including a pineapple.

Tal’s birthday party was one of the concluding events of Blue Goose Days, held Friday, May 31-Sunday, May 2 in Wahpeton and Breckenridge, Minnesota.

Not far from Tal, the rhinos and zebras of Chahinkapa Zoo are getting some enhancements to their enclosure.

Seven volunteers from Cargill, Wahpeton, planted bushes Tuesday, June 4. The volunteers, including two youth, planned to plant 100 individual bamboo-style bushes.

“Flowering could take a while,” said Madison McShea, the environmental health and safety management associate at Cargill.

Izaak Spelhaug, 12, didn’t mind. The Kindred, North Dakota, youth enjoyed planting the bushes.

“This is a volunteer project for us. The zoo asked for help and we love being able to do so,” McShea said.

Each year, companies, service organizations and individuals work with Chahinkapa Zoo. Kathy Diekman, zoo director, is proud of the Kiwanis bike rental program. It launched again during Blue Goose Days weekend.

“Our bike program fosters healthy living and enjoyable recreation,” Diekman wrote previously.

In just over two months, another summertime tradition returns to Chahinkapa Zoo. The New York Kammermusiker, holding its 13th annual Winds of Change concert tour, will once again perform with Tal.

“We seek to reintroduce the instruments and the music of the double-reed band to modern audience,” said Ilonna Pederson, founder, director and North Dakota native.

The New York Kammermusiker will give two performances Tuesday, Aug. 13 in Wahpeton:

• a 4 p.m. live performance with Tal at Chahinkapa Zoo

• a 7 p.m. concert at Siena Court, 1307 Seventh St. N., Wahpeton

Look to Daily News for full coverage of summer events at Chahinkapa Zoo and throughout the Twin Towns Area.

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